sheep view 360

Seemingly fed up with Google’s inability to map the area, Faroe Islanders have taken the initiative into their own hands. The Guardian reports that citizens of the area, which consists of 18 sub-polar islands in the Atlantic, have started attempting to create their own version of Google Street View.

What are they calling it? Sheep View 360. The initiative started when Durita Dahl Andreassen of ‘Visit Faroe Islands’ reached out and had a harness built by a fellow islander. Andreassen then outfitted five sheep with the harness and a 360-degree camera. For those wondering, the islands have a population of 80,000 sheep and 48,700 humans

As the five sheep roam the island, the pictures taken are sent to Andreassen with GPS coordinates. She then uploads the images and coordinates to Google Street View.

“Here in the Faroe Islands we have to do things our way,” Andreassen said. “Knowing that we are so small and Google is so big, we felt this was the thing to do.”

The sheep thus far have taken panoramic images of five locations, while they are also taking 360-degree video. The reason for the project, Andreassen says, is to convince Google to come to the islands and complete the mapping process, as well as to promote the island to visitors. An entire movement has started up, carrying the hashtag “#wewantgooglestreetview,” while Visit Faroe Islands has also published a promotional video.

“I think that we’re ready for this,” Andreassen said regarding Street View potentially ruining the area’s beauty. “It’s a place that has always been so hidden and far away from everything, but I think that we are ready to invite people to the place.”

Content collected from the sheep cameras can be viewed on Street View as well as the Visit Faroe Islands website.

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